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Suspects in slaying of USC students scheduled for arraignment

June 25, 2012 |  9:27 am

 Two men charged in the slayings of two USC graduate students are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested in May and charged with first-degree murder in the killing of electrical engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu, both 23.

Police investigators said they believe Bolden and Barnes came across the pair talking in a parked BMW on April 11 and decided to rob them. At some point, police allege, Barnes opened fire, killing them.

The shooting caused reverberations throughout USC, where students and faculty held a memorial for the victims. Qu's and Wu's parents filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming officials gave out inaccurate information about safety around campus.

Investigators tracked down the suspects using shell casings and signals from one of the victim's cellphones.

Prosecutors have charged Bolden and Barnes with the special circumstance of committing a robbery while carrying out the murders, according to the criminal complaint filed by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office.

The two also face one count each of attempted murder in a separate incident last year, according to the complaint, and Bolden is charged with an additional count of attempted murder and one count of assault stemming from a February incident.

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-- Matt Stevens

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